New PG Wodehouse stories to star Jennifer Saunders


The mere thought of this brings back many classic early 90’s memories of watching Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry in Jeeves and Wooster. Adapted from P.G. Wodehouse’s Jeeves stories, the series brilliantly told the story of a young gentleman with a minor aristocratic upbringing (Laurie) and his ‘personal gentleman’ (Fry), whose duty is to separate Wooster from a multitude of societal misadventures.

Danny Cohen, controller of BBC One, hopes this new adaptation of PG Wodehouse stories will bring his work to a whole new generation of viewers and create renewed interest in the original Jeeves series. Timothy Spall, Jennifer Saunders and Guy Andrews will star in Blandings, a six-part comedy series based on the stories of PG Wodehouse. This is great, pure and simple, to those that have loved Jeeves & Wooster for the last 20+ years, many of whom consider Wodehouse the greatest comic writer in history of the English language,

The series will be set 1929 and filmed on location in Northern Ireland. Jennifer Saunders will star as star as the unconquerable Connie, sister to the perpetually confused Lord Emsworth, to be played by Timothy Spall (Peter Pettigrew, Harry Potter, Winston Churchill, The King’s Speech).

Writer, Guy Andrews, described the series by saying: “Blandings Castle is dysfunction junction, the home of a chaotic family struggling to keep itself in order. Clarence Emsworth, ninth earl and master of Blandings Castle, yearns with all his soul to be left in peace; preferably in the company of his beloved pig, The Empress. But he never is. There is always someone who wants him to do something. Presiding over the blitzkrieg on his equilibrium is the baleful figure of his sister Connie, with whom he shares the house; at her shoulder is Clarence’s brainless younger son Freddie and a panoply of friends, enemies, servants, spongers, private detectives, bookies and confidence tricksters.

Andrews added, “For any writer, it is the rarest privilege imaginable to have Wodehouse legitimately available as source material. Instead of just stealing from him as we usually do.

Can’t wait.If you haven’t seen Jeeves and Wooster, check it out. Well worth the time.

  • Buffdean

    I can hardly wait!!  I love the Jeeves & Wooster series.  The Wodehouse books have always had me laughing out loud at his descriptions and turns of phrase. An excellent idea to put more of them into film.
     

  • Buffdean

    I can hardly wait!!  I love the Jeeves & Wooster series.  The Wodehouse books have always had me laughing out loud at his descriptions and turns of phrase. An excellent idea to put more of them into film.
     

  • Sauvage

    Lovely quote from Guy Andrews.  Do they know who’s playing Freddie (“Hallo girls!  Tennis, anyone?”) Threepwood?

    Waxing nostalgic here–it was PBS-supplied British TV that first introduced me to Wodehouse, in the form of John Alderton and Pauline Collins’ Wodehouse Playhouse. 

  • Sauvage

    Lovely quote from Guy Andrews.  Do they know who’s playing Freddie (“Hallo girls!  Tennis, anyone?”) Threepwood?

    Waxing nostalgic here–it was PBS-supplied British TV that first introduced me to Wodehouse, in the form of John Alderton and Pauline Collins’ Wodehouse Playhouse. 

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